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Accident: 976340 - Employee Dies Of Asphyxia After Fall Into Grain Bin

Accident: 976340 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 01/21/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10402703201/25/19885153North Central Cooperative Inc
At approximately 3:45 p.m. on January 21, 1988, Employee #1 was attempting to clear a clogged gravity fed pipe that flowed from bin #12 to the grinder. Employee #1 told two coworkers to open the bin at the bottom to remove corn from the bin to a level below the pipe. Once this lower level was achieved, Employee #1 entered the bin from the top by a 15 ft metal ladder and cleared the pipe. After a period of time, almost all of the corn had been removed from the bin when one of the coworkers on the ground noticed Employee #1's foot protruding from the opening in the bottom of the bin. Help was summoned and CPR was administered. Employee #1 was pronounced dead of asphyxia on arrival at Goshen Community Hospital.
Keywords: asphyxiated, cpr, corn, clogged, flowing material, buried, grain bin
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104027032 Fatality Asphyxia Crushing and grinding machine operators

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